Jennifer McAdam, faculty

Jennifer McAdam

Associate Professor Interim Academic Director, San Francisco Peninsula Campus PhD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

NURS N164 Managing Care of the Adults III

About Me

I have been an RN since 1994. I started my career in gerontology and then transitioned to medical-surgical nursing. I continued to expand my nursing experience by working in telemetry and then finally specializing in critical care. During my time in ICU, I returned to school and completed a masters degree and a PHD. After receiving my PhD, I began teaching and since 2010 have been working full time at Samuel Merritt University.


I received my undergraduate nursing degree (BSN) from Minnesota State University, Mankato Campus.  I received my master's of science degree (MS) from the University of California, San Francisco. My emphasis was on critical care/trauma and education. I received my doctorate in philosophy (PhD) from the University of California, San Francisco. 

Teaching Interests

Medical-surgical nursing; Advanced medical-surgical nursing/critical care nursing; Nursing Research

Scholarly Interests

My current program of research is in the area of symptom management, palliative/end-of-life care and bereavement care in the ICU. My main emphasis is working with ICU family members in improving end-of-life care and bereavement support.


1. McAdam, J. & Erikson, A. Self-Care in the Bereavement Process, Critical Care Nursing Clinics, (in press). 2. McAdam, J. & Erikson, A. (2020). Bereavement Care in the Adult ICU: Directions for Practice, Critical Care Nursing Clinics, 32 (2): 281–294.  3. Erikson A, Puntillo K, McAdam J. Family members' opinions about bereavement care after cardiac intensive care unit patients' deaths. Nurs Crit Care. 2019;24:209–221. 4. McAdam, J & Puntillo, K. (2018). A pilot study to assess bereavement followup support to family members of deceased ICU patients, AJCC, 27(5): 372- 380. 5. Jones, C., Puntillo, K., Donesky, D., & McAdam, J. (2018). ICU Families’ Experiences with Bereavement, AJCC, 27(4): 312-321.7.  6. McAdam, J. & Erikson, A. (2016). Status of Current Bereavement Services Offered in Adult Intensive Care Units, AJCC, 25 (2): 110-117. 7. Vernaya M, McAdam J. The effectiveness of probiotics in reducing the incidence of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea in elderly patients: a systematic review protocol. JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep. 2015 Sep 16;13(8):79-91. doi: 10.11124/jbisrir-2015-2197. 8. Nancy Kentish-Barnes, PhD, Jennifer L. McAdam, RN, PhD, Sonia Kouki, RN, Zoé Cohen-Solal, MS, Marine Chaize, MS, Marion Galon, MS, Virginie Souppart, RN, Kathleen A. Puntillo, RN, CNS, DNSc, FAAN, Elie Azoulay, MD, PhD. (2015). Research participation for bereaved family members: experience and insights from a qualitative study, Critical Care Medicine, 2015, Sep;43(9):1839-45. 9. McAdam, JL, Nelson, JE, & Puntillo, KA. Regret. Intensive Care Medicine 2013. 10. McAdam JL, Puntillo KA. Open Visitation Policies and Practices in US ICUs: Can we ever get there? Critical Care 2013, 17:171. 11. McAdam, J., Dracup, K., White, D., Fontaine, D., Puntillo, K. (2012). Psychological symptoms of Family Members of High Risk ICU Patients, American Journal of Critical Care, 12(6): 386-393. 12. McAdam, J., Dracup, K., White, D., Fontaine, D., Puntillo, K. (2010). Symptom Experiences of Family Members of ICU Patients at High Risk of Dying, Critical Care Medicine, 38 (4): 1078-1085.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Society of Critical Care Medicine; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Community Service

I have been an active volunteer at the RotaCare Northern Peninsula Free Medical Clinic since 2002. This clinic is located at the Mike Nevin Health Center in Daly City, CA. This clinic assists patients who do not have health insurance by providing them with basic primary care. 

Honors & Awards

Paul C. Samson Clinical Professorial Chair for 2018-2020; Daisy Faculty Award in 2015